YEREVAN, March 3. / ARKA /. Some 220,000 Armenian citizens will have to return home because of a new Russian immigration law that came into force from January 1, a demographer Ruben Yeganyan told a news conference today.
Under the new law, migrants in Russia, including from Armenia, can remain in the territory of the Russian Federation for only 90 days within every 180 days.
Yeganyan said to the best of his knowledge, some 50,0000 Armenian citizens have been banned already from entering Russia in the next 3-5 years. Besides, another 170,000 citizens of Armenia have violated the immigration laws of Russia also facing a ban on entry into Russia.
Yeganyan said the vast majority of these persons are labor migrants who will join the local army of jobless people once they return home.
He said while these migrants worked in Russia, members of their families continued to live in Armenia. When back home they will have no other choice but to leave with their families for other countries for permanent residence that would further exacerbate the demographic situation in Armenia.
According to him, a most likely solution to this problem is to grant Armenian labor migrants in Russia some privileges. -0-